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BASHAR AL-ASSAD: As long as the United States doesn't obey the international law and trample over the charter of the United Nations, we have to worry that any administration, not only this one, would do anything. But according to the lies that we've been hearing for the last two weeks from high-ranking officials in this administration, we have to expect-- the worst.
CHARLIE ROSE: Are you prepared?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: We've been living in different circumstances for the last two years and a half. And we're prepared of-- ourselves for every possibility. But that doesn't mean if you're prepared, something [would be better. It's going to get worse] with any foolish strike or stupid war.
CHARLIE ROSE: But you're not a signator to the chemical warfare
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Not yet.
CHARLIE ROSE: agreement.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Not yet
CHARLIE ROSE: Why not?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Because Israel has W.M.D. and it has to sign. And Israel occupying our land. [So that's why we talked about Middle East, not Syria, not Israel. It should be comprehe]nsive.
CHARLIE ROSE: Do you consider chemical warfare equivalent to nuclear warfare?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: I don't know. We haven't tried either
CHARLIE ROSE: Yeah, but you know, you're a head of state and you understand the consequences of weapons that
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: You mean that
CHARLIE ROSE: don't discriminate
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Technically, they're not
CHARLIE ROSE: That are beyond
ASHAR AL-ASSAD: Yeah, technically, they're not the same. But
CHARLIE ROSE: But
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Morally, they're the same.
CHARLIE ROSE: You have amassed one of the largest supplies of the chemical weapons in the world.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: [To have or not to have] is a possibility.
But to depends on what the media say is not is nonsense. Or to depend on some of the reports or the intelligence is nonsense. And that has proven when they invaded Iraq ten years ago [and they said Iraq has stock pile of] W.M.D. and it was proven after the invasion that was false. It was fraud.
CHARLIE ROSE: You accept that the world believes you do have chemical, a stockpile of chemical weapons.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Who?
CHARLIE ROSE: The world. The United States
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: We didn't discuss it.
CHARLIE ROSE: and other powers who also have chemical weapons.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: It's not about what they believe in. It'[s about what the reality] that we have. And this reality, we own it, we don't have to discuss.
That reminds me about what Kerry said about the big lie that Colin Powell said in front of the world on satellites about the W.M.D. in Iran before going to war when he said, "This is our evidence." Actually, [uh he give uh false evidence]. In this case, Kerry didn't even present any evidence.
CHARLIE ROSE: Has there been any remorse or sadness on behalf
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Of course.
CHARLIE ROSE: of the Syrian people for what happened?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: I think sadness prevails in Syria now. We don't feel anything else but sadness because we have this killing every day, whether chemical or whether with the with [any kind, it's not about how] we we feel with it every day.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Your government delayed because we asked for delegation in March, 2012 when the first attack happened in Aleppo in the North of Syria. And they delayed it till be just few days before Ghouta when they send those team. And the team itself said in his letter, in his report, that he did everything as he wanted. There was not a single obstacle.
CHARLIE ROSE: But they have said they were delayed in getting there. They wanted to be there earlier.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: No, no, no. They were [they had conflict, there was fight]ing. They were shooting. That's it. We didn't prevent them from going anywhere.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: First of all, they have rockets and they've been throwing rockets on Damascus for a month.
CHARLIE ROSE: That carry chemical weapons?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Rockets.
CHARLIE ROSE: Right.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: Rockets in general. They have the means, first. Second, [the sarid gad] that they've been talking about for the last two weeks is very primitive gas.
[The party who accused], he's the one who has to bring evidences. The United States accused Syria. And because they accused, you have to bring evidence.
[Let's presume that country], or army, have these weapons. These kind of armaments cannot be used by infantry, for example, or by anyone. These kind of armaments should be used by specialized units.
So we expect if want to expect something from this administration, [it's not to be weak, to be strong to say] that we don't have evidence, that we have to obey the international law, that we have to go back to the security council and the United Nations.
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: I will tell him very simply, "Present what you have as evidence to the to the public. Be transparent when you p"
CHARLIE ROSE: And if he does?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: If he does?
CHARLIE ROSE: If he presents that evidence?
BASHAR AL-ASSAD: This is where you can discuss the evidence, 'cause he doesn't have. He didn't present it because he doesn't have, Kerry doesn't have. [No one in your administration have]. If they had it, they would have presented it to you as media from the first day
[Rebels, or the terrorist], used the chemical weapons in northern of Aleppo five month ago.
You know, what if they have stockpiles and they exploded because of the bombardment? What if they used the missile by coincidence and attack themself by con [by by mistake]?
When you talk about the Al Qaeda, it doesn't matter if you're Syrian or American or from Europe or from Asia or Africa. Al Qaeda have one ideology and they go back to [the same leadership] in Afghanistan, or in Syria, or in Iraq.
We have agreements with many countries including Iran, including Russia, including other countries that it's about different things including armament. [It's cooperation like any] like like any cooperation between the any two countries.
[Which is uh normal. It's not related to the crisis.]
And you said and the [the official the Russian official said, "We have] not agreements, contracts that we have to forfeit."
The army made of the people. [It cannot be made of] robots. It's made of people.
We live here. We know what's happening. And they have to listen to people who live here. They cannot listen to their only to their media or to their research centers. They don't live here. No one live here but us. So this is the reality. [If they if they want to believe, that's good]. That will help them understanding the region and being more successful in their policies.
What do you call the people who attacked the two towers in the 11th of September, opposition? Even though they are not American, I know this. But some of them, they have, I think, national nationality. I think one of them has American nationality. Do you call him opposition or terrorist? [Why should you use a term in the United States] and England, and maybe other countries, and use another term in Syria? This is a double standard that we don't accept.
The area where the terrorists control, where they ban people from going to schools, ban young men from shaving their beards and women have to wear to be covered from top to toes, from head to toes. And let's say in brief they live the Taliban style in Afghanistan, completely the same style. With the time, yes, it can be worried. Because the [secular states should reflect] secular society.
And this [secular society, with the time], if you don't get rid of those terrorists, and these ex-citizen and the Wahhabism style, of course it will influence at least the new and the coming generations.
So and [we we don't say that we don't have it]. We're still secular in Syria. But with the time, this secularism will be eroding.